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UNSW Information Security Awareness Campaign

UNSW Stay Smart Online Security Awareness

Cybercrime and online scams are an escalating problem in Australia and UNSW IT is committed to protecting you through the implementation of state of the art IT security solutions and providing you with information about cyber risks and how you can stay safe online.

What are the risks to the UNSW and me?

Cybercrime and online scams are an escalating problem in Australia and the UNSW IT is committed to protecting its staff, students and IT systems through the implementation of state of the art IT security solutions and educating student and staff about the risks. Breaches of security can occur through personal online channels such as social media and via personal and UNSW email accounts, where cybercriminals can access important data and steal information. Unauthorised access to your computer at home or at the UNSW where sensitive information can be stolen and possibly used for illegal gain is also a major risk.

Computer viruses are also becoming increasingly sophisticated and are well known for their potential to corrupt or destroy systems. Your personal and banking details can also be stolen if the wrong person gets hold of your identity or passwords at University, through social media or at work.

These types of risks are extremely serious and can compromise your personal information and the integrity and reputation of the University, so it pays to take your online safety seriously.

How do I report if I notice something?

Act fast. Please report any suspicious activity to the UNSW IT Service Centre
Tel: (02) 9385 1333
Fax: (02) 9385 1537

How can I stay safe online?

There are many ways to stay safe online. Here are our 6 top tips to improve your Cyber-Safety.

Stay Smart Online Recommended Tips

AVOID BEING SCAMMED. STOP AND THINK BEFORE YOU CLICK. A typical technique of a scammer is to request your user ID and password via email. This is not UNSW practice and we will not ask you for your details. Before you click on links and attachments always check the sender's URL and if in doubt, contact the IT Service Centre.

HOW SAFE IS YOUR COMPUTER? DON'T LET THE BUGS IN!. Install and update your software and set it to scan regularly. Click here to get a free copy of the Antivurus software.

ONE SMALL STEP FOR YOU. ONE GREAT LEAP FOR YOUR ONLINE SAFETY. Protect your data and computer. Manage your updates on all software, operating systems and applications and always lock your computer when unattended.

DON'T PUT YOUR SYSTEM AT RISK. BUY FROM A TRUSTED SOURCE. Ensure you download apps from reputable publishers and read all permission requests before you commit.

YOU DON'T SHARE YOUR TOOTHBRUSH SO WHY SHARE YOUR PASSWORDS? Be smart. Don't share your passwords. Change them regularly and keep them secure.

DON'T FRIEND A FRAUD? Identity theft and fraud is a problem on social media networking websites. Practice safe social networking.

For more information, tips, videos, visit the Stay Smart Online website:

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Page Last updated: Tuesday, November 26th, 2013